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Antioch Revisited

Reuniting the Church with Her Mission
 By: Tom Julien

ImageOne of the great tragedies of Church History is the divorce between churches and their mission. The first half of this book is the fictional but true-life story of "John," a missionary who comes to a ministry-changing conclusion: "Missions is not what the church does for the missionary but through the missionary." Antioch Revisited includes a manual and four-part plan to help bring back together what God meant never to be separated.

I found this to be a very challenging and stimulating book concerning the Mission of the local church. I believe every Missions Committee ought to work through the concepts that Tom Julien proposes. You will be changed in light of the Mission. -Pastor Bud Haskell

Daily Readings from the Life of Christ
Vol. 1 & 2
 By: John MacArthur

As a Christian, you are called to live like Jesus-a life of courage, joy, passion, and purpose. Forget the boring stuff--Jesus calls you to new commitment and new strength.

Daily Readings from the Life of Christ focuses primarily on the gospel of Matthew. Highly acclaimed author and speaker, John MacArthur taps into his years of careful Bible study and wisdom to offer unique truths that promise to hit you right at the heart of your faith.

"This same Jesus who walked with such resolve and determination throughout His own earthly life has a distinct and daily purpose for yours," says John MacArthur. "Pray that He will continue to reveal truth... and that you will continue to follow."

I have found these short daily readings very stimulating to my mind. Each section concludes with a paragraph entitled Ask Yourself. These are practical questions which will help you apply the day's material. I suggest you give this book a try. -Pastor Bud Haskell

Expository Listening
A Handbook for Hearing and Doing God's Word
 By: Ken Ramey

There are many books written about how to deliever an expository sermon but there are very few about how to listen to one. Ken Ramey is a fine preacher and expositor. He has developed this book for congregations like his own and ours to help us to be ready for the preaching of God's Word each week.

Ken is concerned about the phenomenon that has developed which the church was warned about in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.(NKJV)

I challenge you to read this thought-provoking book. It will help you grow in the Lord. You will be a stronger believer because of it. - Pastor Bud Haskell

Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands
People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change
 By: Paul David Tripp

We might be relieved if God placed our sanctification only in the hands of trained professionals, but that is not His plan. Instead, through the ministry of every part of the body, the whole church will mature in Christ.

Paul David Tripp helps us discover where change is needed in our own lives and the lives of others. Following the example of Jesus, Tripp reveals how to get to know people, and how to lovingly speak truth to them.

This is a very awesome and challenging book. You will find yourself stopping to ponder what Tripp had written on the page you had just read. Take your time and absorb this material. It will change your life as you apply the Bible's principles to your life. -Pastor Bud Haskell

The Darkness and the Glory
His Cup and the Glory from Gethsamane to the Ascension
 By: Greg Harris

There are many images of Jesus of Nazareth, but the surpassing image is Jesus Christ on the cross. There - with His body beaten and torn, His head rimmed with a bloodstained crown of thorns, and His hands and feet affixed with nails to the rough timber - He was shamefully hung between two political revoluntionaries, being mocked and scorned by the angry crowds until He died.

Yet, in spite of the horrific torments Christ endured, it was not His physical anguish that caused Him the greatest suffering on the Cross. What happened on Calvary was infinitely more profound than bodily pain and crippling torture. HIs suffering transcended far beyond either the physical or the temporal. His deepest agonies were spiritual and relational - as the full fury of divine wrath was cast upon HIm and He felt, for the first time in eternity, the bitter loneliness of being forsaken by the Father.

Greg Harris has taken my appreciation of our Savior and Lord to new heights. You will be blessed, challenged, and encouraged by this book. It's a must read. - Pastor Bud Haskell

The Trellis and the Vine
The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything
 By: Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything

All Christian ministry is a mixture of trellis and vine. There is vine work: the prayerful preaching and teaching of the word of God to see people converted and grow to maturity as disciples of Christ. Vine work is the Great Commission. And there is trellis work: creating and maintaining the physical and organizational structures and programs that support vine work and its growth.

What’s the state of the trellis and the vine in your part of the world? Has trellis work taken over, as it has a habit of doing? Is the vine work being done by very few (perhaps only the pastor and only on Sundays)? And is the vine starting to wilt as a result?

The image of the trellis and the vine raises all the fundamental questions of Christian ministry:
  • What is the vine for?
  • How does the vine grow?
  • How does the vine relate to my church?
  • What is vine work and what is trellis work, and how can we tell the difference?
  • What part do different people play in growing the vine?
  • How can we get more people involved in vine work?

In The Trellis and the Vine, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne answer these urgent questions afresh. They dig back into the Bible’s view of Christian ministry, and argue that a major mind-shift is required if we are to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, and see the vine flourish again.

War of Words
Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles
 By: Paul David Tripp

The Resources for Changing Lives description found on the front cover of this book is very accurate. The Holy Spirit has used the Bible and this book to reform my speech and attitude towards others. Many conflicts can be resolved by biblical principles applied to our communication. I encourage you to read this book and allow God to transform your heart. -Pastor Bud Haskell